Oct. 26 2015
This year is going down as one of the busiest for logistics Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and much of it is thanks to low interest rates, compelling US economic conditions and for some ac... View More
Sept. 21 2015
Today’s booming e-commerce market has presented great opportunities for DHL, FedEx and UPS as well as additional logistics solutions providers. Cross-border e-commerce shipping is one of the greatest... View More
June 17 2015
FedEx’s recent acquisition of TNT is a great example of the old adage, “never say never.” Back in the 1990s, FedEx pulled out of the European market with over $1 billion in losses. However,... View More
April 29 2015
Expectations have been set that FedEx and UPS will raise Ground rates on an annual basis. This year, however, rate increases have a stronger punch especially when considering additional changes, which... View More
Feb. 22 2015
Retail sales remained resilient in 2014 with an overall projected growth of 4.0% despite inclement weather, labor issues that plagued the West Coast ports and early inventory build-ups. FedEx cited the... View More
Dec. 8 2014
Despite the improvements in US economic conditions experienced in 2014, this year has been beset with a series of unforeseen events that have highlighted the complexity of supply chain planning and forecasting. ... View More
Sept. 26 2014
Parcel volumes are on the rise as noted in recent earnings reports from the two largest U.S. based parcel carriers, FedEx and UPS. Ecommerce is driving much of this growth and both parcel carriers, along... View More
Sept. 21 2014
Accurately forecasting and maintaining adequate inventory levels is an extremely challenging priority for businesses. Any hint of a disruption within the supply chain can have a negative impact, affecting... View More
June 22 2014
In the last issue, I discussed “free shipping” and its growing importance as a means for e-retailers to attract customers. But as noted, “free shipping” comes at a cost, particularly... View More
April 28 2014
As noted in my previous column, the holiday debacle was indeed that – a debacle for not only UPS and FedEx but also for those shippers that offered free shipping or other incentives to entice customers... View More
March 23 2014
By now, we are all familiar with the sensationalized stories of UPS and FedEx starring as the “Grinches that stole Christmas.” Millions of holiday shoppers were negatively impacted by a slew... View More
Jan. 2 2014
The holidays will be here before you know it and so will 2014. Most companies are busy working on budgets, forecasts and tactical and strategic plans. Like most people I dread even the thought of these... View More
Sept. 24 2013
In last issue’s column, I discussed recent economic results as well as poor earnings announcements from the two largest domestic parcel shippers, UPS and FedEx. Wall Street continues to fly high;... View More
Aug. 22 2013
In my last article, I reported on recent positive economic trends as well as provided an update on the status of The Marketplace Fairness Act. This legislation provides a practical way for state... View More
June 24 2013
In the first two Spend Perspectives columns of 2013, I focused heavily on how the health of the global economy was impacting retailers. I also discussed how lower shipping costs positively impact e-commerce... View More
April 21 2013
Back in December, I emphasized how free shipping positively impacts customer satisfaction. When shoppers are happy with both product pricing and shipping costs, they reward the retailer with: more visits,... View More
Feb. 12 2013
Route 2013 is fraught with challenges for ecommerce vendors. Retail trendsetters Amazon, Wal-Mart, and eBay have rolled out new services designed to give them even larger market share, parcel shipping... View More